According to a Tweet from Jon Paul Morosi last night, the New York Yankees had scouts in attendance of the San Diego Padres/Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The Yankees have already broken Padres’ fans’ hearts earlier this week, giving up a utility infielder and a minor league power arm in exchange for third baseman Chase Headley. Now, the Yankees want more, and this time, they have their sights set on former Yankees’ and Diamondbacks’ hurler, Ian Kennedy.
Yankees are trying to trade for a starting pitcher. They scouted Ian Kennedy in Chicago last night, source says.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2014
Kennedy has been the subject of circulating trade rumors for several weeks, as the Padres began their fire sale last week by dealing closer Huston Street and a minor leaguer to the Angels for four minor leaguers, and dealt the aforementioned Headley to the Yankees. Kennedy, along with Chris Denorfia, Joaquin Benoit among others, are all desirable targets of teams trying to get over the top and into the postseason. The Padres are now in full rebuild mode.
Kennedy won’t come cheap for the Yankees, or anyone else for that matter, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the asking price will be relatively high for both Kennedy and Benoit. The Padres even though they are in a rebuilding phase, need to get as much talent in return as possible.